Rolling Stone Readers Pick the Top 10 Greatest Cover Songs

Jimi Hendrix's cover of 'All Along The Watchtower' tops the list; Nirvana is only group to land two songs in top 10

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1. Jimi Hendrix - 'All Along The Watchtower'

Last weekend we asked our readers to pick for their favorite cover song of all time. Unlike previous readers' polls, the top vote getter won by a gigantic margin. Your favorite cover (with no close second) is Jimi Hendrix's take on Bob Dylan's "All Along The Watchtower." Released six months after Dylan's original appeared on John Wesley Harding in December 1967, Hendrix's version radically re-arranged Dylan's acoustic original. Dylan didn't play the song live until 1974, and said Hendrix's rendition made him reconsider how to approach the song.

"[Hendrix] could find things inside a song and vigorously develop them," Dylan told the Fort-Lauderdale Sun Sentinel in 1995.  "He found things that other people wouldn't think of finding in there. He probably improved upon it by the spaces he was using. I took license with the song from his version, actually, and continue to do it to this day."

By Andy Greene

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